Poha and Badam Mixture for Weight Gain and Brain Development

poha badam mixture

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Hello Parents! We all know how worrisome it can be to make healthy foods for children and get them to eat it. If weight gain is an issue when it comes to your little one, here’s a quick recipe that is also helpful in brain development.

Ingredients:

1. 3 dates (khajoor)
2. 3 almonds (badam)
3. 10 – 12 raisins (kishmish)
4. 1/4 cup Poha/chidda (flattened rice)
5. 1/2 cup milk (preboiled)

Preparation:

1. De-seed the dates and cut them into halves.
2. Rinse the dates, almonds, and raisins.
3. Soak them overnight in clean water. Don’t throw away the water the next day. We’ll use it.
4. In the morning, rinse poha properly with some clean water, and soak it for about 10 minutes.
6. Grind the soaked dates, almonds, raisins, and poha in a grinder.
7. Add a little water (preferably the water in which the dry fruits were soaked) and grind till you get a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Cooking:

1. Cook the mixture in a hot pan. Cook it for 10 seconds.
2. Then, add 1/2 cup preboiled milk.
3. Stir it properly to get rid of the lumps.
4. Cook on slow flame till the mixture thickens.
5. Serve it when lukewarm.

Important Information:

1. It is better to grind the dry fruits with the water in which it was soaked as it contains all the nutrients of the dry fruits.

2. This dish can be given to babies over a year old.

3. Dates are highly beneficial for brain development, maintaining the haemoglobin level, for liver function, and digestion in babies. They also contain calcium, which helps in strengthening the teeth and the bones and provide enough energy. Having 3 dates is equivalent to 1 chapati/roti.

4. Almonds are good sources of calcium and antioxidants. It is also aids digestion.

5. We don’t need to add extra sugar or jaggery as the raisins provide sufficient sweetness. But, if your child has a sweet tooth, you can add a bit of jaggery.

6. Don’t add the water in which Poha/flattened rice is soaked in. Discard it.

7. Some babies are allergic to raisins, so it can be substituted by jaggery.

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